14 Day Tour – Auckland to Queenstown


For any die-hard Lord of the Rings fans – explore the highlights of Middle Earth and the spectacular scenery made famous in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.

You’ll enjoy visiting some of the filming locations for the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies; visit Hobbiton  and The Shire.

Drive through the Canterbury high country around Mt. Potts and Mt. Sunday, also known as Edoras. When you drive through the Mackenzie country, near Mt Cook/Aoraki National Park, you’ll recognise many of the scenes and backdrops from the movies.

Once in Queenstown you will experience a half day Nomad Safari of the Scenes tour, visiting remarkable locations such as Forest of Lothlorien and the Ithilien Camp. This tour takes you more off-rad tan the other tours; taking you right into the heart of some locations.

Inclusions & Options

All of our tours are fully customisable –
You can add or remove inclusive activities – or swap out for others.
You can upgrade or downgrade accommodation, add extra nights – or minus some.
The standard inclusions for this tour are:
  • Accommodation for 13 nights staying in Motels
  • Rental car hire: included as specified for the duration of the tour package.
  • Rental car insurance included
  • Rental car inclusions: GPS navigation. unlimited km, airport/ferry terminal fees, additional drivers.
  • Tour pack: Includes detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and much more.
  • Private Airport Transfers
  • Interislander Ferry Crossing
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, Matamata
  • Hairy Feet Hobbit Scenic Film Location Tour, Tongariro
  • LOTR Locations Tour, Wellington
  • Weta Cave Workshop Tour, Wellington
  • Hobbit Barrel Run Kayak Trip, Marlborough
  • Lord of the Rings Edoras Full Day Tour
  • Dart River Wilderness Safari, Glenorchy
  • Safari of the Scenes Wakatipu Basin Tour, Queenstown

All of our tours are fully customisable. Add, remove or swap activities to suit your preferences and requirements.

  • RRP based on twin share/double. $3862

Contact Us


Day 1: Arrive in Auckland City, transfer to your accommodation then spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Personal meet and greet, and private transfer to your accommodation.         You will receive you tour documentation pack and support. The pack contains everything you need for the duration of your stay. It will include a comprehensive, printed and bound version of your itinerary as well as clear driving instructions and maps for each leg of your journey. It also contains all the reservation details for your accommodation and activities – along with relevant brochures and information.

While in New Zealand we offer 24 hour support – details on how to contact us at any time will be well documented.

Accommodation – CityLife Auckland

Day 2: Collect your rental car then explore Auckland and its surrounding suburbs. (This tour can be priced with any of the rental cars available in our fantastic range, from economy hatchbacks to prestige saloons and SUV’s.)        Accommodation – CityLife Auckland

Day 3: Auckland to Matamata – take a tour of Hobbiton before continuing on to Waitomo.                                                                                       Accommodation – Abseil Breakfast Inn

Day 4: Waitomo to Whakapapa Village
Travel south into the heart of the Central Volcanic Plateau, Tongariro National Park. Take part on the Hairy Feet Scenic Film Location Tour.         Accommodation – Skotel Alpine Resort

Day 5: Today drive from Tongariro to Wellington before spending the afternoon visiting the Weta Cave.                                                                      Accommodation – CityLife Wellington

Day 6: This morning explore Wellington’s Lord of the Rings locations on the Middle Earth Film Locations Half Day Tour – then take the afternoon to enjoy the city sights.                                                                                Accommodation – CityLife Wellington

Day 7: Take the Interislander Ferry to Picton, then kayak the Pelorus River where the Hobbit Barrel Run scene was shot.                             Accommodation – Harbour View Motel.

Day 8: Drive from Picton to Christchurch today.                           Accommodation – Terra Vive Luxury Suites and Apartments.

Day 9: Explore the Canterbury High Country on a full day Lord of the Rings Edoras tour.                                                                                  Accommodation – Terra Vive Luxury Suites and Apartments

Day 10:  Enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country to Mt. Cook/ Aoraki National Park.                                                      Accommodation – Mt Cook Lodge & Motels

Day 11: Journey to ‘adventure capital’ Queenstown, perhaps take a scenic flight to Middle-earth filming locations.                                          Accommodation – Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 12: This morning enjoy a Nomad ‘Safari of the Scenes’ four wheel drive tour, then the afternoon is yours to explore at leisure.                    Accommodation – Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 13: Take a day tour to Paradise, located Mt Aspiring National Park.       Accommodation – Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 14: Depart Queenstown today. Your final morning in Queenstown before driving to the airport and catching your next flight

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